An atom bomb of hair explodes in this infrared slow shutter photo portrait of a girl sitting in her solitude. Her faerie safely tattooed beneath her skin bathes in the inspiration of this quiet beautiful moment, knowing that there are energies of the universe we can only feel, when we sit alone, and radiantly let them in.
Mushroom Cloud Infrared 35mm .. Nuclear Wendi
Exploring my third or fourth role of black and white film, Nuclear Wendi was a collaborative effort with the help of one of the most amazing and artistic baristas who ever served a cup of coffee.
I was exploring settings on my manual Minolta 35mm camera, and she offered to help me figure out how to adjust it to take a long exposure photograph. The film I was using was black and white infrared, with a very low ISO, and my light meter was suggesting a shutter speed that was practically impossible.
Not only is a long exposure almost impossible without a tripod, infrared film mainly responds to heat, and so even my light meter would be giving incorrect readings, since the light that this film responds to isn't visible, it's the actual photons of a wavelength that we feel as heat, unlike the photons which resonate visible to our eyes. This was a daunting expedition into a crazy artistically quantum night!
She helped me set up my camera on a tea pot with the lid open, and use folded napkins on the bar to adjust the camera's angle while she sat for several takes.
Not only a rockstar barista at a 24 hour coffee house, but she would be immortalized as one of my most memorable models, sitting for a 15 second exposure, in natural light, while the camera's little whirring shutter clicked and then buzzed down, while the tiny little mirror and shutter moved aside and let in all the photons of energy composing her surreal form. An astonishing mushroom cloud, like a solemn atom bomb, resonating solitary beauty and light, all while her faerie sits safely beneath her shining, radiant locks.